Our vision

The Child Protection area of responsibility envisions a world in which children in emergencies are protected from abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence.


The Child Protection Working Group (CPWG) is the global level forum for coordination and collaboration on child protection in humanitarian settings. The group brings together NGOs, UN agencies, academics and other partners under the shared objective of ensuring more predictable, accountable and effective child protection responses in emergencies.

Established in 2007 by the IASC as part of the cluster approach, the CPWG is an area of responsibility under the global Protection Cluster, which is led by the Geneva-based CPWG coordinator and supports field level child protection coordination groups in their coordination efforts and technical capacity in humanitarian situations through its Rapid Response Team (RRT) to strengthen child protection responses.

For more information on the CPWG at the global level, see Who We Are. For information about Child Protection areas of responsibility at the country level, see Where We Work.

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